The study was recently published in Science and has concluded that imidacloprid is a threat to songbirds, said Margaret Eng, a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Saskatchewan’s Toxicology Centre and lead author of the study.

New neonic study points to songbird decline

The research, conducted in Ontario, says the insecticide suppresses appetite, disrupting migration

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The findings of a University of Saskatchewan and York University study may affect the fate of insecticide seed treatments in Canada. The study, which was published Sept. 13 in the scientific journal Science, has concluded that imidacloprid is a threat to songbirds. White crowned sparrows that consumed seeds coated with the insecticide […] Read more

American researchers say there are benefits to taking cattle off pasture in early September.

Study questions benefits of extended grazing

There are benefits to taking cattle off when weight gain starts to decline – not when the grass is gone

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – For more than a decade, Canadian cattle ranchers and researchers have looked for ways to extend the grazing season. They’ve studied and implemented bale grazing, swath grazing, corn grazing, using crop residues, perennial pastures held in reserve and other techniques to keep cattle on the field in the fall and winter. Meanwhile, […] Read more

Canada’s hemp industry is now focused on the top part of the plant, the flower, leaves and other tissues, which contains CBD. Most of the hemp producers in Canada are looking for ways to efficiently harvest the plant tissue, so processors can extract CBD and sell it to consumers.

Canadian exporters have hopes for hemp

CBD, an oil prized for health impact, now drives hemp market

Reading Time: 3 minutes Canada’s hemp industry has changed. Not overnight, but close. For years, hemp farmers have grown the crop for grain and partly for hemp fibres. This summer the majority of Canadian farmers are growing hemp to produce CBD. “I think with the CBD acreage, I think we might exceed that 170,000 (acres) this year,” said Jeff […] Read more

These week-old chicks on a broiler farm reach maturity at about six weeks. Some consumers are looking for chicken reared over longer periods, despite the decreased efficiency and increased carbon footprint.

‘Slow-growth’ chicken soon to be on the shelf

Canadian researchers are determining what breeds of chickens would be best for slower-growth market

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The fresh chicken section, at the grocery store is easy to navigate. There is chicken breast and chicken thighs. Sometimes the bone is included, sometimes not. That simplicity may soon end. Before long, chicken meat with a “slow growth” label could appear at major grocers, because retailers and restaurant chains, like Whole […] Read more

Valerio Primomo, a vegetable breeder at the Vineland Research & Innovation Centre in Ontario, is the scientist behind Radiance, a short-season sweet potato. Primomo believes the variety will eventually be grown across Canada because it is suitable for most agricultural regions of the country.

New sweet potato variety sees slow uptake

New, shorter season variety expected to displace imports over the long term, but this year’s launch was disappointing for its developer

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – This year was scheduled to be the launch of a new sweet potato variety in Canada. The launch didn’t turn out quite as expected, as only a dozen acres were planted in 2019. The variety, called Radiance, is a short-season sweet potato that matures in 118 to 122 days, making it suitable […] Read more


Agricultural commodity prices are expected to remain low over the next decade because of ample supplies of oilseeds, grains, meat and other commodities.

Crop prices poised to stagnate: FAO

A new report says world oilseed demand isn’t expected to keep up with supply, which could result in lower prices

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – For the last five years, or longer, plant-based protein has been the shining star of global agriculture. Global demand for plant-based protein has exploded, thanks to massive Chinese imports of soybeans and booming public consumption of veggie burgers and other forms of plant protein. However, protein’s star could fade over the next […] Read more

Health Canada has released its final decision on neonic insecticides and their potential impact on bees and other pollinators. The department will take several steps to reduce the risk to bees, but neonic seed treatments will not be affected.

Neonic seed treatments seen as safe for bees

Health Canada ruling yet to come on safety for aquatic insects

Reading Time: 2 minutes For years, groups like the David Suzuki Foundation and the Ontario Beekeepers Association have argued that neonicotinoid seed treatments represent a systemic threat to bees. “Health Canada… will be cancelling some uses of these pesticides, and changing other conditions of use such as restricting the timing of application,” a department news release said. “Remaining uses […] Read more

Jack Gray and Rachel Parkinson study locusts in their lab at the University of Saskatchewan.

Canadian neonic, metabolite research shows insecticide effect on insect navigation

Locusts in wind tunnels exposed to neonics lost their ability to move themselves where they wanted

Reading Time: 2 minutes Drunk drivers are more likely to get in an accident because the alcohol in their blood impairs vision and delays reaction time. University of Saskatchewan biologists have identified a comparable phenomenon in locusts, when the insects are exposed to a small dose of insecticide. Why it matters: Farmers require a wide range of pesticides to […] Read more


Sources: European Reference Laboratory; The Pirbright Institute.

Canada imports pork from Poland, despite African swine fever

If the disease appears in Canada, countries could ban imports of Canadian pork and cause billions in economic damage

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada continues to import pork from Poland, even though it has had hundreds of cases of ASF. For the first 11 months of 2018, Canada imported more than $25 million worth of pork from Poland, based on Agriculture Canada data. Infected meat is the primary vector of ASF, a viral disease that can cause fever, […] Read more

“The president listens. (But) obviously he has a different opinion about the benefits of tariffs, at this point in time.” – Sonny Perdue, U.S. secretary of agriculture

U.S. agriculture secretary agrees with Canada in tariff dispute

Sonny Perdue admits the U.S. President has a different opinion

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada has a friend in Washington. Sonny Perdue, the United States agriculture secretary, believes the American government should drop tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico as soon as possible. “We recognize from our industry and our sector, it’s in all of our best interests to see that it happens,” said Perdue, who […] Read more